Settled Science that Is 'Controversial'

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Animal Testing Is Necessary

Radical animal rights groups, such as PETA, regularly lie about animal research. Because of this high-profile disinformation campaign, Americans are split almost evenly on animal research. But a 2009 Pew poll showed a striking difference between scientists and the public: While 93% of scientists were in favor of animal research, merely 52% of the public agreed.

The reality is that animal testing is vital to biomedical research. There is simply no way around this. When possible, many scientists prefer experiments with tissue culture or computer models because they are usually cheaper and easier than using live animals. But these other techniques cannot fully replace animal testing. This is a "necessary evil" that is not considered controversial in the scientific community.

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